How well do you know your Bible? One summer, a man’s wife spent a few months away from home so she could visit with her relatives. Since the couple had made it a habit to write weekly whenever they weren’t together, the husband started to worry when after two or three weeks he didn’t get his wife’s letter. He mailed the reference to a familiar Bible verse as a reminder, but he didn’t double-check it. He wrote, “My dear wife — Proverbs 25:24 — John.”

His wife never responded. When she came home, he asked why she didn’t write. She pointed to his note. The husband opened his Bible, took a look, and said, “No wonder! I quoted the wrong verse! It should have been Proverbs 25:25.”

In case you’re wondering, Proverbs 25:24 says, “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.” The husband had really blown it. If he didn’t own up to his mistake, I don’t think his wife would have let him forget it. Because he wisely admitted his error, he received forgiveness.

Sin always brings failure and ruin. The first step toward overcoming it is to acknowledge it. Remember 1 John 1:9. The word “confess” means to agree with. We need to tell God or the person we have sinned against, “I was wrong. You were right.” This will clear up a lot of our problems.

You may be confronted about something you have done intentionally or unintentionally. Maybe your boss called you into the office to discuss a problem with your performance, or your spouse shared a need that wasn’t being met at home. Accept the fact that you could be wrong. If you try to cover it up, you’ll never get up.

Admission of wrongdoing is not an admission of weakness, but a sign of strength. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.